Large rooster killed hen

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  1. mcbrown7513

    mcbrown7513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rather large Lavender Orpington rooster mounted one of my mixed breed hens. He was on her too long. She apparently suffocated. Is this from his inexperience or is he just too big for smaller hens? If I buy larger hens will they fair better? He is 13 plus pounds, she was only 5.5 to 6 pounds.
     
  2. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like he's too big for many breeds of hens. It's best if the rooster is only 2 to 4 pounds bigger than the hens.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Agreed, he's too big, he needs similar sized hens.
     
  4. mcbrown7513

    mcbrown7513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any suggestions on what breed of hen would be appropriate for a rooster his size. Yes, he is very big dude.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    More Orps, Austrolorps, Wyandottes, LF Cochins, RIRs, Sexlinks. I think just about any dual purpose breed would work. Most of my EEs get pretty big.
     
  6. mcbrown7513

    mcbrown7513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was considering adding some Welsummer hens to my flock. Would they be able to with-stand his attentions?
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Welsummers should be okay. Mine were pretty big girls. My cuckoo and black copper Marans have been good sized too. Chanteclers are another good dual purpose breed, the hens are usually around 8 lbs.
     
  8. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For any hen, size will really depend on the strain and on whether or not you free-range them, as free-ranged hens tend to be leaner than their penned counter-parts. My free-ranged welsummer from Meyer Hatchery is about 5 pounds.
     
  9. mcbrown7513

    mcbrown7513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock free-range 4 to 5 days per week. A few of the mixed breed hens have leaned down since I bought them as young pulleys. Will have to look around for some large hens, regardless of breed. Going for a "barn yard mutt" flock.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would say you need a new cock/erel who knows when he's done and get off.
    How old is he...and how old are the 'hens'?
     
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